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PS3 Firmware (v2.80) Update

Eric Lempel's Avatar Posted by SVP, Marketing & PlayStation Network

Hello, I just wanted to provide everyone with a head’s up that the next PLAYSTATION 3 system software update (v2.80) will be coming soon. The playback quality of some PLAYSTATION 3 format software has been improved.

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OleGunnar said:

June 24th, 5:29 pm

Yeah, I’m just not quite sure how this FW update deserved the 2.80 designation. I just wish that Sony would inform us exactly about what the FW updates are actually doing. Even if it is just a small fix, let us know that. Fixing something is a good thing.

Also, while we’re on the topic of functionality, I really wish all PS3’s had the same capabilities (read: PS2 BC). My launch 20Gb died on me last October (YLOD) and I really miss having that feature in my new PS3.

Oh well. Maybe someday…

pwncakez0r said:

June 24th, 5:29 pm

TwinDad | June 24th, 2009 at 4:23 pm
These update threads so make my week. It full of people who “demand” something of Sony. Others that say “Sony wasted my time”. Sony engineering took months/weeks/hours to create a firmware that they wanted to bring features to. Your now wasting their time with the bickering. They read the blog, just put well thoughts out, calm and rational thoughts into firmware features. It might works, there is no way the death threats will get you cross XMB chat.

Sorry twindad. you must have misread the clear consensus here: people have been asking for features. Sony just isn’t listening. And why would they anyway? think about it. Useless employees fail (Eric). Customers complain. Eric hears but don’t listen. Upper management doesn’t hear crap, and only sees numbers of sales rising, albeit dwindling behind the other consoles. It’s all very simple economics actually – stop purchasing Sony items. By 3.00, if nothing substantial on the media front is released, I’m bailing. X360 is doing a wayy better job than Sony. SOrry.

D1G1T4Lchaos said:

June 24th, 6:03 pm

@ pwncakez0r

I agree that complaining obviously gets you nowhere. If they had any intention of adding the types of features everyone has wanted for the past three years, I think they would have done it by now. Sony is apparently looking in a different direction for their console, diligently trying to figure out… what it is… that their loyal customers (cough)… might want their system to do… :|

What was I saying again? Oh well, it must not have been important.

I don’t know what there is to complain about anyway. I mean the current chat system is ****ing awesome! Is it not?

I am going to have to jump on board with the WTF question of why this is a 2.8 update and not a 2.75 instead. Especially since it more or less appears to be a patch for a patch from the last update. I’d love to be a fly on the wall in the R&D and Marketing departments. I’m sure it’s comedy b3y0nd anything you could make up on your own.

Acid_Reflexx said:

June 24th, 6:20 pm

hope this doesn’t screw up anything that works already. Fingers crossed.

tworaf said:

June 24th, 6:33 pm

I’m sick of downloading these large updates every fu**ing 2 weeks !!!

Xero-Kool said:

June 24th, 6:45 pm

The update is not required to go online. I’m still on v2.76 and can log into the PSN just fine. Quit crying about it and just don’t DL it if you don’t want to.

PACMAN_07 said:

June 24th, 6:55 pm

Posted by Eric Lempel // Director, PlayStation Network Operations
Hello, I just wanted to provide everyone with a head’s up that the next PLAYSTATION 3 system software update (v2.80) will be coming soon. The playback quality of some PLAYSTATION 3 format software has been

Zoddan269 said:

June 24th, 6:56 pm

WTF you guys sent 2.76 out and it f—ed up my ps3 1st gen now you have a new one with no problem claiming the same crap of bull for 2.76 why don’t you guys get bent and stop the lies you are more worried about your software being change than the problems you have caused.
answer your blogs and stop denying that there is a problem with the last update!!!!!!

Zoddan269 said:

June 24th, 7:02 pm

wtf you guys suck fix the problem with 2.76 first that screwed up alot of 80gb 1st gen ps3’s then talk about your new excuse for a new update. send out a bios repair download that will reset our ps3’s to 2.70

sephiroth54321 said:

June 24th, 8:02 pm

ok, first question.

1.when is this update coming
2.could you say more information about this update( at least more than – The playback quality of some PLAYSTATION 3 format software has been improved. -)

anyway thanks for this info, but please it would be nice if you could answer me and if you could do those things for the future updates.

Zoddan269 said:

June 24th, 8:13 pm

you guys suck fix the problem with 2.76 first that screwed up alot of 80gb 1st gen ps3’s then talk about your new excuse for a new update. send out a bios repair download that will reset our ps3’s to 2.70

superstewie said:

June 24th, 8:15 pm

now all my ps3 needs to do is shoot lasers and bake bread!
than i can finally sleep!

upgraded my PS3 with a Samsung 250GB disk, i had a Western Digital 250 but that disk had a sleep issue-in game, it tries to sleep while playing a game “maybe someone at sony might look at it?”
model type is: WD2500bevs-22usto

the Samsung HM250JI works flawlessly, i usually only buy Hitachi/Samsung/Toshiba “maxtor/seagate and WD offer very poor quality products, i’ve had maxtor/seagates in several servers always fail within 2, and WD has sleeping issue’s under linux which cause them to fail within 6months”.

Samsung in servers: pretty slow without cache, but extremely reliable “personally, zero defects out of 150+ (500GB/1TB disks)
Samsung in Desktops: cheap, fast enough and reliable.
Hitachi in servers: fast and reliable (under hitachi name: 1 defect out of 150+ (250GB/500GB disks)
Hitachi in Desktops: fast for a price and reliable.
Maxtor/Seagate: slow cache, low/cheap quality motor/disk (in server 100+ disk failure rate: 80 failed.. stay clear of Maxtor/Seagate extremely low budget crap)

superstewie said:

June 24th, 8:27 pm

i notice Microsoft people are present on this blog.
it’s funny how childish Microsoft is, these tactics don’t work anymore.

the PS3 is a high-quality product compared to the xbox360, i have an xbox360 elite (latest 65nm gpu) and it is loud! and u can’t replace the hdd yourself (without voiding Live/warranty) and you can’t play online without paying 59$/euro a year!

microsoft is clearly paying people to spurt complete and utter non-sense,
like: i am going to the xbox360, because my arm hurts.
or: the xbox360 is doing way better: i am dumping my PS3 “i doubt anyone who has a PS3, would even say that…”

the xbox360’s services are overpriced and actually make the whole xbox360 590$/euro/pounds more “xbox live” expensive in 10 years than a PS3 or a PC.
what do u get for 59$/euro/pounds a year? yeah that’s right: NOTHING!
one Microsoft way, it’s their actual address…

superstewie said:

June 24th, 8:28 pm

@551 have u tried to replace the HDD?

tatsuyakai said:

June 24th, 8:38 pm

I have to say, as usual, i’m disappointed in the firmware update, still no mention of ps2 backwards compatibility when you know people want it, or do you intend to sell our games back to us again(such as having to buy dark cloud again even though i have the disk)?
You and i both know that would be suicide in many people’s eyes, just pointing that out, people aren’t sheep, they can think for themselves.

All me and anyone else wants is a direct statement from sony saying your looking into it or not, but i guess business wise saying you aren’t would be stupid, so i’ll give you that.

One thing to remember though, many of the 60GB ps3’s are failing, the owners on average do care about B/C, if you completely ignore that, it could cost you in the long run, then of course is the ps2 owners that still won’t leave the ps2 or have lost loyalty.

Sorry for the rant, but this is where to speak it, i doubt you’ll listen to any of us, but still, i try.

As for current issues, please fix the ps1 backwards compatibility of the tomb raider games.

FPlus said:

June 24th, 10:58 pm

====== TO EVERYONE =======

PlayStation 3 : Firmware V2.80 Change Log:

– PlayStation One Titles loading times have decreased.
– Internet Browser Loads pages smoother and has less issues with corrupted page loading.
– The Open Remote Play Hack has been scrambled for security reasons.
– The Bug that allowed Some online friends to be displayed as Offline has been fixed on small level.
– XMB Moves Much more smoother when used in-game.

This Update is a Optional Update, a user who has updated to 2.76 is not required to update to 2.80.

PartyBoy_PR said:

June 24th, 11:04 pm

blah! nothing special! sucks

circusfreak79 said:

June 24th, 11:19 pm

seriously can we get a full blown update for once…seriously your breaking my balls here!!


June 24th, 11:27 pm

hopefully the new avatar rumour is true and is in 2.80v

angelcoma said:

June 25th, 12:08 am

1. If you want features, that is fine. But don’t complain like Firmware updates are only for ‘new features’ because they are NOT!
2. If you bought a PS3 that doesn’t play PS2 games, don’t hold your breath for Sony to upgrade it so you can. Sorry, you knew it didn’t play PS2 games the day you bought it, stop crying.
3. Complaining that you are forced to download this, you are NOT forced.
4. Saying that 360 gets XX features in the fall. Well, good for them. Why not wait for Sony’s fall update? Obviously they have something planned.

Also the ‘hidden feature’ in the update might be Playstation Cloud, not cross game chat. So don’t hold your breath.

ProwlingFox said:

June 25th, 12:33 am

Firstly, my heart goes out to everyone whose PS3’s have been bricked due to this update. Secondly, i’m fine with these minor updates, anything that gets fixed is a good reason to download an update. However SONY, two things must be done to prevent uproar among consumers. First, you MUST release a change log so we know exactly why we’re wasting 10 minutes waiting for our ps3 to upgrade. We would love to know the things you’re fixing to give us a better experience on the PS3. Also, you MUST make available a system recovery utility so that we don’t have to worry our PS3’s will go belly up by downloading a firmware update. It doesn’t have to be that hard…just release a disc image online that when burned and inserted to the PS3 restores the OS and the firmware to a certain point. Unless you have a bunch of toe picking hillbillies at your R&D department (or in your PR department as well) this shouldn’t be too difficult.

p.s. I’d like to know what exactly Eric Lempel does in his position.

patate12 said:

June 25th, 1:56 am

Here is my wishlist too (it seems comments are read!):

* Filling the few missing extended latin characters in PS3 font. ( )

* The ability to select Vietnamese as spoken language (in PSN profile)

* scrobbling support


patate12 said:

June 25th, 1:57 am

Here is my wishlist too (it seems comments are read!):

* Filling the few missing extended latin characters in PS3 font
* The ability to select Vietnamese as spoken language (in PSN profile)
* scrobbling support


KatanaKing said:

June 25th, 2:00 am

Just to show you how often we have to put up with these crappy updates

Hello, I just wanted to provide everyone with a head’s up that the next PLAYSTATION 3 system software update (v2.80) will be coming soon. The playback quality of some PLAYSTATION 3 format software has been improved.

MAY 13
Hello, I just wanted to provide everyone with a head’s up that the next PLAYSTATION 3 system software update (v.2.76) will be coming soon. This is a minor update that improves the playback quality of some PS3 format software.


Hi, everyone, I wanted to give you a heads up about an upcoming PS3 firmware update (v2.52). This minor update is coming soon and includes the following:

The playback quality of some PS3 format software has been improved.
A text entry issue that occurs when using the on-screen keyboard, USB keyboard or Bluetooth keyboard with […]

JUL 29
Just wanted to give everyone a quick heads up that a PS3 firmware update (v2.42) is now available for download. This update improves the playback quality of some PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation format software.

KatanaKing said:

June 25th, 2:00 am

The last ‘REAL’ firmware update which was worth writing about was in JUNE of last year when they introduces the ingame XMB and Trophys, both of which an existing console already had.

HawkEyes1 said:

June 25th, 3:09 am

Seriously do you know what SCEA should do? they should fire Eric Lempel and that Soa^ Jack Tretton for making up crap at every E3-show that we have watched in the past because most if not all have been lies with broken promises!..The Summer of 09 is starting to really be a big kick in the face by Fraudulent/Phony Entertainment Of America!…Keep it up SCEA you losers no really good updates means no PS3!.. I like my console but I’m not impressed with the way your handling the Situation with No VidZone Damn it already Exclusive to Europe is bull^^^^!! And wheres In Game Music for both HOME and the PSN and Live Chat perhaps? I hate it the way you people decided to give us what only 4 words that you can only text? Ridiculous! And wheres the support for New Avatars? this is really getting old UPDATE ASAP! Or the PSN is completely Useless!

HawkEyes1 said:

June 25th, 3:11 am


Akibara12 said:

June 25th, 3:28 am

Is this needed? I turned on my ps3 and the update usually stops my psn from logging in but it didn’t.

fahoodo said:

June 25th, 3:35 am

well i hope 3.0 is on its way
and it better be big.

billa123 said:

June 25th, 4:35 am

when is v3.0 coming out.

billa123 said:

June 25th, 4:35 am


billa123 said:

June 25th, 4:36 am

.Internet Browser Loads pages smoother and has less issues with corrupted page loading

billa123 said:

June 25th, 4:38 am

new stuff we on the ps3

.Faster in game XMB

-Web Browser that actually works well. (WebKit based or something)

Launch all games from Home. (like LittleBigPlanet, Socom, and all FPSs)

PS Home avitars

steve2k7 said:

June 25th, 6:27 am

I really want to have the ability to play my own music off the PS3 hard drive ”anywhere” and in ”any game” without the need for developers to intervene and patch their games to support doing this.
In game custom soundtracks sometimes (not all) makes a huge difference to how you play games, this is clearly proved playing Burnout Paradise. I just hope you guys at Sony enable this feature across all PS titles.

alaM0000 said:

June 25th, 6:42 am

same OLD same :/

Gunwing said:

June 25th, 8:10 am

I think Sony needs the fallowing for PS3 support:

1. Vista/Windows 7 32bit/64bit OS support for the media server.

2. Fix the media server drop outs over PSN when connected to PSN log ins.

3. Add support for Windows Media Player 11 files.

4. Add support for HD videos/Photos from Cameras via USB sticks.

that would do nicly IMHO…………..

EAgles4ever said:

June 25th, 8:19 am

sony, it took you 2 months to release this? wow……

station3fever said:

June 25th, 9:48 am


csr2285 said:

June 25th, 10:30 am

this sucks!!!! Give us something we can actually benefit from

aldebaran91 said:

June 25th, 10:40 am

hahaha unbelievable

u guys should be ashamed look at xbox live ur [DELETED] psn is nothing xbox live has everything
u are the reason why people buy xbox and not ps3 its not the price`S fault its u and your stupid firmware teams fault.

one star 4 you sir.

ATHF89 said:

June 25th, 10:58 am

I was wondering why I wasn’t stopped from signing in. So it’s optional, first one I heard of being optional.

d3br34k5 said:

June 25th, 11:08 am

What a bunch of whiney 12 year old sheeple. Get stuffed, the whole lot of you. None of you, the most vocal and completely illiterate ones, have the slightest understanding of what a software development cycle even is. Sony doesn’t owe you anything and your misspelled, textspeak rants are all weak and powerless.

Go outside for 15 minutes while your daddy’s connection gets you your sony update internets, you cake-eating fatties.

jozbaldwin1980 said:

June 25th, 11:21 am

This firmware sends the rock band and guitar hero controller to channels 6 and 7 of the bluetooth and they don’t work on those channels. We have now to manually reasign them to channels 1 to 4.

tarabah52 said:

June 25th, 11:41 am


fleinn said:

June 25th, 12:30 pm

……the internets are scary.

Thanks for the update – but we could do with a real changelog. :) (..just remove the security- related problems, and the things that might cause the system to fail.. in case the purely hypothetical chance would occur that people would deliberately crash their ps3 to get the warranty replaced, or just for the hell of it. Something I really can’t imagine would ever happen, obviously, from reading the comments here).

evil-chihuahua said:

June 25th, 2:52 pm

Wait… thats it? I hope you guys have some big surprise in store for us!

jersey_23 said:

June 25th, 4:52 pm

hello everyone. i have a problem on my ps3 and hopin somebody to help me. i just updated my ps3 to the new ver.2.80 and i’ve been getting errors during the operation update.(8002f1f9)and it also says on the screen that i have to contact a technical support…please help for this one and tell me what exactly i should do..tnx guys

D1G1T4Lchaos said:

June 25th, 5:28 pm

@ jersey_23

If it was me, I would contact technical support. Oh, and when no one answers the phone (because they probably won’t – you’ll just get a recording telling you were to mail your $400 paper weight), I would strongly consider loading up your ps3, driving it to the closest large body of water, and giving it your best posisible throw.

Then get back in the car, drive yourself to the nearest video game retailer, and pick up an Xbox 360. That way, all the problems you see everyone complaining about on this blog will be fixed and all the features they want to see will be available to you.

In essence, all of your prayers will be answered. Oh, how I wish I had never sold my Xbox for this hunk of ****. (tear)…

Caml7794 said:

June 25th, 5:58 pm

Downloading now =D.

I cannot believe all of these complainers…

I am looking forward to future updates!

– Caml7794

DRP_Man29 said:

June 25th, 7:23 pm

I’ve pretty much give up on the PS3 updates after my first PS3 died I got the yellow light of death. And they usually make you almost wait a year before there’s a major update and the PSP updates are just dumb they’ve had the same wed browser cents the first PSP. Don’t get me wrong I love my PSP & PS3 but I don’t like the fact that it’s can just die at any time. It makes me wonder if there’s a microchip that is programmed to die in a certain amount of use. I know this doesn’t really have any thing to do with version 2.80 but I know a lot of people are having this problem I had to pay $200 to get it fixed

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